The social science trip included a visit to the grave of their ancestor, English adventurer William Marsters, who settled on Palmerston in 1863. Some of his descendants still remain on the island, while others are spread around the globe.
The island is home to around 60 people, though that number fluctuates as the supply ship comes and goes from the island.
After a successful day out of the classroom and some yummy treats, the students returned to school to write about their experience.
This week we feature written works from Caroline Marsters and Tamatoa Marsters.
Our Social Studies Trip – Around the island
Our visit to William Marsters’ headstone.
The Marsters in Palmerston are descendants of William Marsters – known as,“Father”
In the olden days, William Marsters returned to Palmerston from Penrhyn.
There were no people on the island when he arrived. There were only a few coconut trees then.
He planted the coconut trees which was used for making copra.
This is the story of William Marsters and the beginning of Palmerston Atoll.
By Caroline Marsters
10 years old
Our Social Studies Trip – Life in Palmerston, a long time ago
The younger children from Palmerston Lucky School were studying about the olden days in Palmerston. We prepared some questions to ask the people around the island. We also visited a place called, “Refuge Hill”, which is near our Health Clinic and in the middle of our island. It’s not really a big hill. It’s more like a big lump of dirt piled up. This is where some people went to in 2005 when there was a cyclone over Palmerston.
8 years old